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Sydney Fleming

Sydney Fleming, Podcast Coordinator, Photographer

Sydney Fleming is a freshman at West Senior High. She is taking the newspaper because she enjoys writing, and wanted to try something new and different from any class she has taken before. Her current position in the newspaper is a writer. Outside of school Sydney is playing softball, working out, or outside.

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Memorial Day: Remembering Those Who Fought

Memorial Day: Remembering Those Who Fought

Sydney Fleming, Podcast Coordinator, Photographer May 23, 2024

  Memorial Day is celebrated this year on Mon. May 27. Memorial Day is a very special day for veterans and the men and women that are currently serving. Lots of services take place around the United...

Should Honors Cords Be Worn at Graduation?

Should Honors Cords Be Worn at Graduation?

Sydney Fleming, Podcast Coordinator, Photographer May 23, 2024

  Honors cords date back to the 14th century in order to show the levels of education each person had. In the modern world today, students walk across the stage wearing the cords that they earned in...

New TCAPS Clinic Opens for Students

New TCAPS Clinic Opens for Students

Sydney Fleming, Reporter March 8, 2024

  The new TCAPS clinic, located at West Middle School in the old art building, is now open to all students in the TCAPS district. They offer both mental and physical health services along with sport physicals...

TCAPS Builds Support System for Students

TCAPS Builds Support System for Students

Sydney Fleming and Tess Tarchak-Hiss February 26, 2024

  TCAPS has a large variety of students from different economic backgrounds. Certain margins of students from less fortunate environments, such as students without a home, occasionally need possible support...

Graphic Credit: Occidentalist staff

Winter Illnesses to Be Aware Of

Coral Cravey and Sydney Fleming December 22, 2023

    Winter brings along great times being outside, but some unfortunate parts come with winter: illnesses. Winter illnesses are something students are advised to look out for whether they're...

Graphic Credit: Marissa Ansorge

Holiday Traditions Around the World

Marissa Ansorge and Sydney Fleming December 22, 2023

  In Traverse City, the diversity of religions is very large, meaning there are even more traditions practiced during certain periods, especially the month of December. The most popular is Christmas because...

The Haunting of Jolly Pumpkin

The Haunting of Jolly Pumpkin

Sydney Fleming, Podcast Coordinator, Photographer November 1, 2023

  Not only is Jolly Pumpkin known for its amazing food, but it also has a history of a ghost. Jolly Pumpkin was built in 1880 by J.W Stickney and his wife Genevieve Stickney. At first it was an inn,...

Freshman player Henry Olson featured playing against Grand Blanc on Sept. 14. Photo credit: S. Fleming/I. Wien

New Year Comes With New Challenges

Isla Wein and Sydney Fleming October 2, 2023

  WSH football has been a part of the Big North Conference since 1997, when the school opened. This is the school’s second year in the Saginaw Valley Conference. Along with this comes new rivals, new...

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